If you suffer from severe case of acne that has failed to respond to conventional treatments such as antibiotics. Then your dermatologist may recommend the use of the popular Accutane or Isotretinoin without even telling Accutane Side Effects. Accutane is a potent oral drug from Hoffman-LA Roche. That is highly effective for reducing acne symptoms dramatically after only one course of 15-20 weeks.
With its undoubting success at battling even the toughest cases of acne and ever-growing popularity among teens as a miracle drug, why is Accutane still considered the most controversial pharmaceutical on the market? The answer: a documented list of severe and sometimes permanent side effects.
Accutane Side Effects
Although the use of Isotretinoin has some side effects like mild and tolerable
- Dry lips
- Dry eyes
- Extremely dry skin
- Increased sensitivity to the sun
- Thinning hair
Major Accutane Side Effects
There is in fact a long list of serious Accutane side effects that have been reported. Which persisted even after the drug therapy was stopped. Among those are:
- Severe aches and pains in the lower back and large joints
- Severe allergy reactions that include moderate rashes and difficulty to breath
- Vision problems
- Hearing loss
- Permanent liver damage
- Persistent migraines and headaches
- Skeletal hyperostosis which is an excessive bone growth that occurs along the sides of the spine.
But perhaps, the two most bothersome of all Accutane side effects are, if pregnant women or women that became pregnant intake accutane can cause severe birth defects and 2nd side effect of accutane is the changes in mood, severe depression and suicidal thoughts.
Since, Isotretinoin can be harmful to the fetus, it should not be used during pregnancy and women should avoid pregnancy for at least a month after the use of Accutane. Additionally, because of its severe side effects, nursing mothers must avoid the drug completely.
Severe Accutane Side Effects
Although researchers still argue whether Isotretinoin causes depression or not, Roche the manufacturer of Accutane, openly shares information claiming that Accutane and its generic. Isotretinoin, can alter mood: “Synthetic derivatives of vitamin A, can negatively impact brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.”
The FDA website warns: “All patients treated with Isotretinoin should be observed closely for symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts, such as sad mood, irritability, acting on dangerous impulses, anger, loss of pleasure … mood disturbance, psychosis, or aggression.”
Moreover, statistics show that between 1989 and 2003, there were 216 drug cases for suicides among U.S. teens younger than 18. Of these, 72 suicides were due to Accutane (Isotretinoin). The next highest number of suicides in that time period — 55 — involved Prozac (fluoxetine).
Accutane works by reducing the size and output of the sebaceous glands and thus stops excess oil production. The problem is that Accutane damages your skins sebum glands and liver function in the process. By the time you stop taking the drug, your skin oil glands will return to function but your liver will not be able to properly balance your hormones and prevent the over production of sebum.
Remedies For Accutane Side Effects
Isotretinoin also normalizes your keratinization (the shedding of dead skin cells), improves fat metabolism and reduces inflammation. But all of these benefits you can easily achieve using all natural dietary, supplementation and skin care alternatives and without the side effects. For example: Foods that are rich in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene can help reduce the secretion of oil by the sebaceous glands. Simple homemade peels made of Papaya can easily replace the peeling action of Isotretinoin and sleep optimization, and regular exercising including vitamin, C, E, Zinc and Colostrum can boost the immune abilities of the body and thus reduce inflammation.
Accutane is not the solution to acne. It only treat the symptoms of the disease and not the internal cause. Stopping your skin’s natural oil production, it causes extra dryness combined with the acceleration of the skin’s aging process. Moreover, Accutane severely damages your liver function among other side effects. Which in turn destroys your delicate inner balance and your natural healing abilities. Hence, it is doing the opposite of curing.
A long-term acne solution should address the internal cause of acne by tackling all acne contributing factors and neutralizing the acne environment – the only, safe, natural and effective way you could ever achieve lasting acne freedom.